New Design Technology building with a timber frame reflecting traditional craftsmanship practices.

St James School required a new Design Technology block to improve facilities and replace a collection of old storage units. The new building provides educational space for 20 students, and includes plant and storage room, and office space for two teaching staff.

Eckersley O’Callaghan carried out structural engineering services for the robust and efficient design, which takes traditional timber-framed warehouse buildings as its inspiration.

Inside, the simple aesthetic of woodwork and craftsmanship has been emphasised through the exposed timber structure to reflect the activities carried out in the workshop. The structure is supported by sheathed infill timber walls, stabilised by an envelope of dark plywood cladding, of a weather-board and cover strip system.

Surrey, UK

St James School

Squire & Partners

Gareth Gardner